Okay, since Google-fu seems to be perma-whacked for me, and since my attempts to search for shops with this stuff has me constantly mistified at best, and frustrated at worst when finding they don't even ship to 'murica, I'm wondering if anyone here could help.
Simply put, I picked up a couple of OG xbox consoles for parts rather cheaply. Physically they do appear to be working, and they cleaned up no problem (de-dusting, and new thermal compound). Fan(s) spin without issue, either. The problem? One boots up with an Error Code 05, and the other Error 16. Both from visual inspection are 1.6 consoles.
Looking up error details and how to fix, tell me that I basically need a modchip to install on these. Seeing I've never had a fully working OG Xbox before, I just don't know where to start. And most shops I could search online for that claim to have these are usually Shady AF or are almost nigerian prince level in terms of how untrustworthy they are. And that's even if they just flat out refuse to ship into the states. While Ideally I'd prefer buying from a shop in the states so that I could actually get it sometime this year, I would consider an outside seller if they're reasonably priced.
It doesn't seem like I need something insanely powerful, like the Xecuter v3's or something; since mostly it seems the troubleshooting steps are primarily to just get the fuckers to boot past the error that's preventing them from proper bootup. If I could find one of these so-called solder-less modchips, even better... given that the shop I found these at seem to get them pretty regularly, and I could probably make a side business fixing up these old systems for people that could appreciate them.